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IN BRIEF

Crossrail contracts imminent

Design contracts for the four main work packages for London's Crossrail will be let in February and March. The winning consultants will work with lead project developer Bechtel.

Hamza retrial set for June

Egyptian geotechnical engineer Mamdouh Hamza faces a retrial at the Old Bailey in London on 12 June. His original trial on charges of attempting to hire an assassin to kill three Egyptian government ministers ended before Christmas when the jury failed to agree a verdict (GE January 2005).

Glen Ogle study scoops prize

Fraser Milne has won the Scottish Geotechnical Group and The Geological Society West of Scotland Group poster competition for his research into a dramatic landslide on the A85 in Glen Ogle in 2004 (GE October 2004).

Urban soil has much more lead

A British Geological Survey study of the soil chemistry of Sheffield shows lead concentrations in urban soils double that of surrounding rural soils, or about 20t of lead per square kilometre in the city.

Infra-red remediation licensed

Remediation contractor MEL has been issued a mobile plan licence to operate its M1-12 low temperature thermal desorption system, which uses infra-red heating technology to heat contaminated soils.

Manx runway extension planned

Plans to extend the runway at Isle of Man airport into the sea are out for public consultation. Works will use mainly sea-dredged material protected by a rock bund. Proposals were developed by TPS, the design and project management division of Carillion Business Services and Burroughs Stewart Associates.

Gas storage legislation

Trade secretary Alun Johnson has announced new laws to allow gas to be stored in huge salt caverns under the sea. He said liquefied natural gas could also soon be unloaded offshore.

Landfill emissions grant

The National Physical Laboratory has been given a £430,000 DTI grant to develop technology for detecting and monitoring emissions from landfills.

No bid from Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty has said it will not be bidding for contractor Mowlem after rival Carillion increased its offer from £291M to £312M.

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